of Ward 31 in Buhera Central who reported Honored Ndawana to
the police for allegedly assaulting an MDC activist, Mr. Zhanje
are reportedly living in fear as they are being threatened and
harassed by war veterans and Zanu PF youth for having made the
police report. The accused, Mr. Ndawana was expected to appear
in Court today facing charges of assaulting Mr. Zhanje whom
he accused of being an MDC supporter.
||On 18 March
in Nyanga North ward 4, Mr. Sangoma, the MDC organizing secretary
for Nyamudeza branch was heavily assaulted by ZANU PF supporters
led by a war veteran identified as Morgan Makaza for failing
to produce a ZANU PF party card at a food distribution meeting.
There was a Grain Loan Scheme exercise at Nyamudeza grounds
where Mr. Sangoma was denied his allotment despite having paid
his payment for the allocation of the grain. When he tried to
seek for an explanation from the distribution officer, one Makaza
and others started assaulting him and chased him away. When
he tried to resist they forcefully took him to the police and
made a false report that he was disrupting the food distribution
exercise and was subsequently arrested for contravening section
89 of the Criminal
and Codification Reform Act. He appeared before the Nyanga
Magistrate Mr. Ignitio Mhene on Monday 19 March 2012 and was
released on condition that he will be summoned back to court
should the state find a case against him.
Cases of politicizing food
distribution exercises are becoming rampant. It has become
worrying that during most grain loan scheme distribution platforms,
beneficiaries are either asked to produce a ZANU PF card in
order to benefit or are simply denied access.
6 in Wedza district, there have been reported cases of violence
in the area. Chamva a well known ZANU PF supporter and other
unidentified war veterans last week on Friday 16 March banned
an MDC ward meeting in ward six at Chinei near Zaire. He forced
the gathered MDC supporters to displace and warned them not
to attempt to hold any meeting in the area as he claimed it
was a "no go area" for MDC supporters.
||It is alleged
that Chiefs are forcing villagers to contribute money for the
construction of a ZANU PF provincial office in Masvingo. The
most affected villagers are in ward 22 and 20 under Chief Mupata
who initiated the programme. His aides are moving door by door
forcing the villagers to pay $1 per family and those who fail
to pay are being threatened with unspecified action.
of violence have been reported in most parts of Zaka.
is generally calm with no reported cases of violence.
not been any cases of violence recorded in the past few weeks
in the area.